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Winning Year: 2015
Built to Last: After accepting the Best New Artist award, the British singer continued his huge year from there. He re-released “Lay Me Down” as a chart-topping single, also teaming up with John Legend for a reimagining of the emotional track. A few months later he picked up the honors of Top Male Artist, Top New Artist, and Top Radio Songs Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, also winning Best New Artist at the BET Awards. He went on to work with Disclosure for the hit song “Omen” and saw his debut studio album, 2014’s In the Lonely Hour, get certified multiplatinum. Smith capped off his banner year by nabbing the honor of recording “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme song for 2015’s James Bond movie, Spectre.
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